[mahy-kroh-en-vahy-ern-muh nt, -vahy-ruh n-]


the environment of a small area or of a particular organism; microhabitat.

Nearby words

  1. microelectrode,
  2. microelectronics,
  3. microelectrophoresis,
  4. microencapsulation,
  5. microencephaly,
  6. microerythrocyte,
  7. microevolution,
  8. microfarad,
  9. microfauna,
  10. microfiber

Origin of microenvironment

First recorded in 1950–55; micro- + environment

Related formsmi·cro·en·vi·ron·men·tal [mahy-kroh-en-vahy-ern-men-tl, -vahy-ruh n-] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ ɛnˌvaɪ ərnˈmɛn tl, -ˌvaɪ rən-/, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for microenvironment



ecology the environment of a small area, such as that around a leaf or plant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Science definitions for microenvironment



The environment of a very small, specific area, distinguished from its immediate surroundings by such factors as the amount of incident light, the degree of moisture, and the range of temperatures. The side of a tree that is shaded from sunlight is a microenvironment that typically supports a somewhat different community of organisms than is found on the side that receives regular light. Also called microhabitat
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.